Recreation Update 11/7/2021

Parents,

Now that registration is closed I want to take this opportunity to update you on where we stand and some important upcoming events.

On the boys’ side, I expect business as usual. We’ve had a very robust turnout and we are in the process of organizing the coaches and league format for the year. More details on that are below.

On the girls’ side, the numbers continue to be below historical levels. With that being said, the girls’ grade 3-4 level had a strong turnout and we will continue with a normal season structure this year.

For the grade 5-9 girls, we are in the midst of developing a new solution that will provide a new experience as compared what we have done in year’s past. Right now, the expectation is that we will start the season with the “open gym format” we did last year. The girls will come down and work on skill development with some of the coaches and then transition to pickup basketball for the remainder of the allotted time. Then, starting in early January, the girls will be organized into teams amongst the grade 5-6 girls and grade 7-8-9 girls and entered into a league comprised of teams from Walpole, Medfield, Westwood, Norwood, Foxborough and Millis. We would then play a regular season from there against teams from the different towns. All practices and games would continue to be held exclusively on the weekends. This league will be specifically designed for the Rec player.

Our hope is that this format is something we can build on for years to come. To be sure there will be learnings along the way, so we ask for some patience as we try and launch something new. But in talking with the other surrounding communities, the excitement to try this idea is palpable. But with anything new, there will be questions, so feel free to email us at info@wyba.org.

Upcoming Schedule

**Please note that a couple of these dates had to be rescheduled from the dates listed on the original calendar due to scheduling conflicts.

  • Tuesday Nov 16th: Rec Coaches Meeting @ 8pm. Location TBD.
    • All coaches who have expressed interest in coaching on either the boys or girls side of the Rec program are encouraged to come down to discuss the upcoming season.
    • If you have sent us an email expressing your interest in coaching in any capacity this season, please try and come to this meeting.
  • Saturday Nov 20th: Rec Evaluation Day @ WHS
    • Girls 3-4: 9-10am
    • Boys 3-4: 10:15 – 11:15
    • Boys 5-6: 11:30 – 12:30
    • Boys 7-8: 12:45 – 1:45

As a reminder, Rec evaluation day is NOT a tryout. Everyone who is registered for Rec will be placed on a team. This is simply for evaluation purposes so we can make the most balanced teams possible. Given the format we mentioned above, girls 5-9 will NOT have an evaluation day. We will use the clinics as the basis for organizing the teams.

Thanks,
Tom